John Robison was born at Boghall in Stirlingshire (Scotland) and died on 30 January 1805 in Edinburgh. The son of a prosperous Glasgow merchant, he was educated at Glasgow Grammar School and Glasgow University, where he received his MA in 1756. In 1758 he travelled to London to serve as a private tutor, then went on to accompany Wolfe's expedition to Quebec, where his mathematical talents were employed in navigation and surveying. On returning to England in 1762, he was appointed by the Board of Longitude to join the team of scientists who were to test Harrison's marine chronometer on a voyage to Jamaica.
From The Continuum Encyclopedia of British Philosophy in Oxford Reference.